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18 December 2011

Tonight's Episode: The making of a celebrity dinner

One of the great things about writing this blog has been the chance to get to know the Chefs who slave away in those blazing hot kitchens to churn out amazing dishes. One such Chef, Jeremy Holst of Anson, invited the three of us (The Girl, myself, and Captain Awesome's camera) into the kitchen to see the prep for the Michael Ruhlman Dinner. The following photo set is a love-letter to all those who sweat away their nights, unseen and unheralded, so we can enjoy our birth right as humans, a great cooked meal.
Dip-net caught Coho Salmon
Mike, going to town
Pin bone necklace coming up
Now that is a work of art
Here comes the cure for the common salmon
All great creations start with a fantastic foundation
The Final Product

Pimento Cheese break

Let's get to work on some sweetbreads
Chef Jeremy, sweetbread cleaner
Make your own bacon and the world will smile with you
Ham hock stock? Yes Please.
Dessert, a house-made affair


All this hard work took place early on a Sunday, for a dinner Tuesday night. These dinners don't just happen, they take planning, hard-work, and passion.
By the time the celebrity, in this case Michael Ruhlman, is meeting and greeting, the kitchen can finally breathe. Success. Happy guests with full bellies. Time for a glass of wine and relaxation, well until you start prep for that 100 person Christmas party. 


Thank you again to Chef Jeremy and the fantastic crew at Anson!


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